2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Mica Mountain WR/S Jonah Garcia

Today marks only 36 days until the kickoff of the 2023 Southern Arizona high school football season with games scheduled Aug. 18. AllSportsTucson.com is listing 50 of the top seniors in Southern Arizona during this stretch. This is not a ranking. This is a list in alphabetical order. We acknowledge more than 50 quality seniors will play on high school fields locally this fall and we will report on them accordingly.

Jonah Garcia, 5-foot-6 and 163 pounds, is coming off a breakthrough season of 452 yards receiving on 32 catches with six touchdowns. … Region coaches selected him to the All-4A Kino First Team. … Garcia, also a standout student with a 3.7 GPA. … He has received scholarship offers from Arizona Christian and Montana State Northern Lights. … Defensively as a senior last year he had 21 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He also recovered a fumble. … He can also be a threat as a kickoff and punt returner. … He had eight receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown in a 22-14 victory over Pueblo last season. …

Mica Mountain coach Pat Nugent on Garcia: “Jonah is a two-way starter and has been a major contributor to the offense as a slot receiver. He is used in multiple ways in our offense and also is an elite punt returner.”

Mica Mountain’s Jonah Garcia matched with fellow senior Devin Hayward gives the Thunderbolts a very potent passing game (Mica Mountain photo)


Head coach: Pat Nugent
Thunderbolts compete in the 4A Kino. Bold are playoff games.. Playoff games at 7 p.m.
8/25at Poston ButteW3428
9/15at SunnysideW357
9/22Casa GrandeW4227
10/6at PuebloW570
10/13at Canyon del OroL1517
10/27Walden GroveW217
11/3at Catalina FoothillsW2821
11/17Northwest ChristianW3817
11/24at Canyon del Oro


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator seven years ago and is presently a special education teacher at his alma mater Sunnyside High School.

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